The following is a brief summary of some of thoughts said over by R' Frand on the parsha last evening. [As we are BH visiting my FIL aka the Heineken Man and the shiur aired while we were flying to Chicago, I am blogging this on Friday from Chicago]. I have attempted to reproduce these vorts to the best of my ability. Any perceived inconsistency is the result of my efforts to transcribe the shiur and should not be attributed to R' Frand.
R' Frand began by quoting the Ibn Ezra on the pasuk in Shemos 14:22 - וַיָּבֹ֧אוּ בְנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵ֛ל בְּת֥וֹךְ הַיָּ֖ם בַּיַּבָּשָׁ֑ה וְהַמַּ֤יִם לָהֶם֙ חוֹמָ֔ה מִֽימִינָ֖ם וּמִשְּׂמֹאלָֽם in which the Ibn Ezra writes that there was a miracle within the miracle. While the Jews were passing through they walked on dry land and the water alongside them was frozen. Then when the Egyptians came through right behind them, the ice melted and the water came crashing down on them.
R' Frand tied this to the pasuk in davening which states that zeidim drowned while the yedidim were passed through. It should be the opposite - that the yedidim passed through and then the zeidim drowned. But the Ibn Ezra demonstrates that these events took place at the same time.
R' Frand said a second vort on the pasuk in Shemos 15:2 - זֶ֤ה אֵלִי֙ וְאַנְוֵ֔הוּ - that the Medrash states that the revelation of the Shechina was so clear that the Jews pointed with their fingers while stating this. Hashem then said to them - in this world you said this once, but in the future you will say זֶ֤ה twice, as reflected in the Ata Haraisa.
R' Frand quoted the Gemara in Pesachim which interprets the pasuk - Bayom HaHu Hashem will be one and His name will be one. In this world we say HaTov V'HaMeitiv on good things and Dayan HaEmes on hearing about a passing. But in the World to Come there is one beracha. The Meshech Chachma explains that in this world we are bound by time and cannot see the whole story, so we see things as negative and say Dayan HaEmes. But in the World to Come we will see how even these things were good. The pasuk in Ata Haraisa uses the name Elokeinu and Hashem - showing that we will see that even what appears to be Din is in reality Midas HaRachamim.
R' Frand quoted the Beis HaLevi on the words - אָ֣ז יָשִֽׁיר־משֶׁה֩. The Medrash states that Moshe says he sinned with the same word when he states in Shemos 5:23 - וּמֵאָ֞ז בָּ֤אתִי אֶל־פַּרְעֹה֙ לְדַבֵּ֣ר בִּשְׁמֶ֔ךָ הֵרַ֖ע לָעָ֣ם הַזֶּ֑ה. Now I want to use the same word to say praise to Hashem. The Beis HaLevi explains that when the Jews were in the midst of the Shibud the Jews did not understand why they were going through these problems. But now what I complained about I understand was for the good and for that reason I want to use the same word.
R' Frand closed by quoting a Gemara in Taanis which states that in the future, Hashem will create a circle in Gan Eden and the Jews will dance in a circle and point to Hashem using the same pasuk from Ata Haraisa. R' Frand said that in this world there are different minhagim and nuschaos and unfortunately we can't come to a consensus. But in the future when we are in a circle around Hashem and we are all equidistant, we will point to Hashem and say - זֶ֤ה אֵלִי֙ וְאַנְוֵ֔הוּ.
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